Autumn

5 Best Places to Visit in the North Japanese Alps

Tokyo tower, Kiyomizu Temple, Mt Fuji, Hiroshima’ Atomic Bomb Dome, Hakone… Been there, done that? How about diving deep into Japan’s natural wonders in the Japanese Alps?

Kamikochi – 7 Spots to Visit in This Japan’s Picture-postcard Valley

Nestled in the magnificent Japanese Alps, Kamikochi is one of Japan’s many must-visit destinations. Here are 7 stunning spots in Kamikochi to drop by next time you visit Japan.

2-in-1 Trip: Autumn and Winter in “Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route”

Autumn or Winter... Still can’t decide in which season you want to visit Japan next year? Don’t worry; we can deliver both the majestic autumn leaves and snowy landscape all at once, here on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route!

“Karasawa Cirque”, the Best Autumn Hike in Kamikochi

The temperature is perfect, the leaves are turning into fiery colors – there’s nothing better than going out for an autumn hike. Karasawa Cirque is, definitely, one of the best autumn hikes in Nagano.

Nakasendo Hiking Tour & Narai-juku Post Town Sightseeing Bus

This sightseeing bus will bring you to discover “Narai-juku”, Japan’s longest post town, which has a 1 km-long townscape that looks as if you’ve slipped back in time to the Edo period. There are inns, souvenir shops, restaurants and more that make you feel the good old days, as well as museums, temples and other historic sights. It is a perfect one-day trip from Matsumoto!

A Must-Visit World Heritage Site! The Historical Village of Shirakawa-go

Hidden amid the mountains and forests of Nagano’s neighboring prefectures Gifu and Toyama, you will find a unique remnant of Japanese history: The Historical Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, these villages should definitely be on your must-visit list when travelling through Japan!

Take a Trip Back in Time to the Age of Samurai in Matsushiro

Samurai – Japanese warriors who were skilled in military strategy and swordsmanship. They were known for their mastery of the sword, their fearlessness in battle and their code of honor called “bushido” which dictated their way of life. Although everyone in the world has probably heard of them, many may not be able to imagine what a samurai’s house is like.

Matsumoto’s New National Treasure! The Former Kaichi School

Matsumoto is arguably most famous for its castle of the same name, which has been designated as a National Treasure of Japan over 80 years ago. For a long time, this was the only National Treasure in Matsumoto, but all of that changed in September of 2019 with the designation of another National Treasure: The Former Kaichi School.

Kaiseki – The Ultimate Japanese Dining Experience

Do you love Japanese food? Sushi, sashimi, wagyu beef, tempura – there are so many delicious dishes to choose from. If you are as crazy about Japanese food as we are, then you cannot miss out on having a real kaiseki meal!